7 Feb 2020
Applications are now open for Welsh Government’s flagship initiative enabling organisations across Wales to access funding for projects which contribute to Wales’ delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
We are seeking applications from groups with the passion and
determination to help contribute towards the scheme goals, making a
real difference to the communities they reach.
The scheme awards projects making a difference in Wales and
Africa under the following themes:
- Sustainable Livelihoods
- Lifelong Learning
- Climate Change and the Environment
Case Study: Blossom Africa
Blossom Africa were successful in their round two application
for £5,000 to work with community members in Bunambutye, Eastern
Uganda. Blossom Africa's mission is to unite people in rural
communities in Africa through training and community development
opportunities, including savings and loans. Their vision is to
create a network of inspired people supporting themselves and each
other to eradicate poverty within their communities.
The project supported the 60 existing members of two village
saving groups, as well as 60 new members in two more groups. The
saving groups support members in proactive saving techniques as
well as providing small loans to help members start their own
business and other income generating activities.
Blossom Africa undertook a 'most significant change' monitoring
exercise with the participants of the training. The most common
benefit expressed was being able to pay for school fees more
easily. This is largely due to the monthly support the team in
Uganda have been able to offer group members.
The changing climate in Uganda means that the members of the
community need to adapt in order to sustain their income. Training
was provided in new farming techniques and group members from two
groups each received 5kg maize and 2kg beans as part of the
project. The community reported improved yields for the farmers who
received the training and seeds.
The Wales and Africa grant also enabled 10 women from the
savings groups the opportunity to participate in the District's
International Women's day celebrations. This was a great
opportunity to unite the groups, to represent Blossom Africa at the
district level and to give the women an opportunity to participate
in an event which they have not had the opportunity to participate
7 volunteers from Wales gained invaluable experience from being
a part of the project as they were able to visit the groups and
share knowledge. Blossom Africa shared the success of the project
at events in Wales and gave educational talks at schools.
How to apply
The application form is a fillable word and can be submitted by
post or email along with the necessary supporting documents. Read WCVA's
webpages and download the scheme guidance and application
Applications close 11 March 2020.